The Shortlist for the Sony World Photography Awards, organized by World Photography Organisation, has been announced for the Professional, Open and Youth categories. This year there were 173,444 entries from 171 countries—a record number and 24% increase from last year. Two Canadians, Donald Weber and Jennifer Osborne, were shortlisted in the Professional category. Jennifer Osborne’s series, Indian Me, questions whether imitation is flattery or not by looking at “Indian Hobbyist” re-enactments primarily in the Eastern Block of Europe. Donald Weber’s series of still-life images, Molotov Cocktails, focused on the primary weapon of Euromaidan protestors in Kiev, Ukraine. Osborne and Weber will compete for the L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year award and a $25,000 prize. The L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year recipient and the other winners of the competition will be announced on April 23 at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London.
All the shortlisted images are on the World Photography Organisation’s Professional Shortlisted Images gallery, Open Shortlisted Images gallery and Student Shortlisted Images gallery. The winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at London’s Somerset House from April 24 through May 10. All winners will be awarded the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Work by Elliott Erwitt, the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award, will also be showcased at the exhibition.